My name’s Michael Washburn and I’m ten years old. At least that’s what they tell me -- my grandparents. We live just outside of Snowflake, Vermont in an old farmhouse. This place used to have cows and a dairy and everything, now there’s just a barn. No cows, no horses, nothing much at all. I can go anywhere I want as long as I stay on the land, but I’m not allowed to go to school or play with any other kids.
I don’t know any other kids anyway. I’d have to go to school for that, but my grandmother believes I’ll be better off if I’m home schooled. I do okay. She tells me I’m smart and that I’m keeping up with all the kids who do go to school. She takes good care of me and I love my grandparents and everything, but . . . I’m kinda lonely. You know, not having anybody to play with. My grandfather’s okay. He’s kinda grumpy but he’s all right. I have lots of toys and baseballs and stuff but nobody to hang out with, nobody to have fun with.
We’ve moved around a lot. I don’t remember all the places we’ve been, but at least we’ve been able to stay here for a few years. Some of the other places we’ve lived, we’ve had to leave in a hurry and sometimes we only stayed in one town or city for a few months. I kept asking my grandparents why we had to move so much but I never got a really good answer.
I wish my mother would come and get me. I miss her – a lot. I still remember her and I keep asking where she is. If I tell you this, you can’t tell anyone else, okay? They told me she was dead. But I don’t believe it. I won’t believe it. If my mother was dead, I’d know it. I don’t know how, but I’d know. I just can’t figure out why they’re so nice to me but want me to believe she’s really dead. I know she wouldn’t forget about me. I know she’d come for me if she could. There must be some other reason. I just wish I could figure it out.
There are more adventures to come in Snowflake, Vermont when A Clue in the Stew (available for pre-order now) is released in April 2016.
And stay tuned for the Killer Characters holiday giveaway beginning November 25th!
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